Swansea City have developed their own reputation for a similar and equally attractive style of play. Today, Swansea were able to play their game, which usually belongs to the Gunners, and snatch three points with a 3-2 win.
In their first top flight season since 1982-83, Swansea City gave a remarkable performance. The Swans made about 100 more passes than Arsenal and dominated possession. Plain and simple, the South Wales club outplayed Arsenal offensively and held strong defensively.
Within four minutes of the start, Robin van Persie, back from a break last weekend, made a welcome return. The Dutchman put the Gunners ahead with a ferocious finish at close range and gave him his 18th goal of the season.
Swansea winger Scott Sinclair evened things up eleven minutes later from the penalty spot. Nathan Dyer was already taking a stumble as Aaron Ramsey’s foot got caught in the fall. It was a questionable decision, but the ref awarded a foul in the box, making it 1-1.
In the 57th minute, Nathan Dyer involved himself once again. The forward put his home side in front with a venomous strike from the edge of the area, making it 2-1.
Arsenal winger Theo Walcott equalized in the 69th minute but the Swans came back immediately when Danny Graham took advantage of some slack defending to hit a 70th-minute winner.
Three deserved points were awarded to Swansea after beating the Gunners 3-2. This win gave Swansea their third of three matches in 2012, putting them in the number ten spot in the standings. The loss leaves Arsenal four points behind fourth place Chelsea.
Queens Park Rangers 0 – Newcastle United 1
In the first match of the morning, Queens Park Rangers traveled to Sports Direct Arena to take on Newcastle United. The only goal of the match came in the 37th minute when Newcastle’s Leon Best found the back of the net, assisted by Ryan Taylor.
Despite QPR having lots of shots on goal, the Rangers just couldn’t seem to finish any of them. A total of nine shots on goal, but none
found the back of the net. The Rangers desperation for a goal showed; they also played a scrappy match, with four QPR players receiving yellow cards.
The loss was not the result bottom-dwelling QPR was hoping to get, as they struggle to stay out of the relegation zone. The win pulls
Newcastle even on points with Arsenal, as both teams sit just outside of the top four teams on the league table
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